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There's Only One Way To...

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 13, 2018 at 5:40 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's August Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).  It is the beginning of our turtle season at the club when we have five straight months of slow chess.

This game features Grayson Harris against Mark McGough.  Mark was on the losing side of last week's Game Of The Week and was not happy that I forgot to tell the newsletter readers that he did buy me beer after our blitz matches at Target.  He didn't want anyone to get the impression that he is a lazy, freeloader.

So, when his game went the longest in the first round, I decided to make it up to him by picking his game for the Game Of The Week prize ($5.00).  He told me that Grayson had a draw but pushed too hard and gave away the game.  I figured I would use that position for my weekly chess diagram.

I thought I had found the position when the computer said there was only one drawing move.  Can you find the computer move?

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:


Looks like it might draw. 

43...b6 44.Kc7 Ke8 45.Kb7 Kd7 46.Kxa7 Kc6 47.Ka6

However, Black really has the only move, and it wins!

There's Only One Way To...

[Event "August Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.08.07"]

[Round "1.5"]

[White "Harris, Grayson"]

[Black "McGough, Mark"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D38"]

[WhiteElo "1111"]

[BlackElo "1855"]

[PlyCount "122"]

[EventDate "2018.08.07"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 d5 5. cxd5

exd5 6. a3 Be7 7. Bf4 c6 8. Qd3 O-O 9. h4 Re8 10. Ng5 Nbd7 11. f3 Nf8 12. e4

dxe4 13. fxe4 Nd5 14. Nxd5 cxd5 15. e5 Bg4 16. Qg3 Qd7 17. Rc1 Rac8 18. Rxc8

Rxc8 19. Bb5 Qxb5 20. Qxg4 Qd7 21. Qxd7 Nxd7 22. Kd2 Bxg5 23. Bxg5 Rc4 24. Kd3

h6 25. b3 Rc6 26. Be7 Nf8 27. Re1 Ne6 28. g4 Nf4+ 29. Kd2 Rc7 30. Bd6 Rc6 31.

Rc1 Rxc1 32. Kxc1 Ne2+ 33. Kd2 Nxd4 34. Kd3 Nxb3 35. Kc3 Na5 36. Kd4 Nc6+ 37.

Kxd5 Nd8 38. h5 Kh7 39. Be7 Nc6 40. Kd6 Nxe7 41. Kxe7 Kg8 42. Kd7 Kf8 43. e6

fxe6 44. Kxe6 Ke8 45. Kd6 Kd8 46. a4 b6 47. Ke6 Ke8 48. Ke5 a6 49. Kd6 b5 50.

axb5 axb5 51. Kc5 Kf7 52. Kxb5 Kf6 53. Kc4 Kg5 54. Kd4 Kxg4 55. Ke4 Kxh5 56.

Kf4 Kh4 57. Kf3 Kh3 58. Kf2 g5 59. Kg1 g4 60. Kh1 g3 61. Kg1 g2 0-1

This Week In Chess

On August 7th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the August Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. August Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1989 W7 1.0

2 Laurence Rob Wutt 1948 W8 1.0

3 Peter Barlay 1931 W9 1.0

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1893 W10 1.0

5 Mark McGough 1855 W11 1.0

6 Michael Smith II 1635 W12 1.0

7 William Leo Wolf 1515 L1 0.0

8 Ayush Vispute 1362 L2 0.0

9 Clinton D Eads 1268 L3 0.0

10 Joey Arispe 1140 L4 0.0

11 Grayson Ed Harris 1111 L5 0.0

12 Justin Parker unr. L6 0.0

Categories: 2018

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